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Transferring Database

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  • Transferring Database

    Hi all....

    Here's my problem.....

    I'm in the process of finishing a database I created for an entertainment company. It resided on my desktop, but since I have been having some problems with this computer, I zipped the database files and loaded them on my laptop so I could continue working on the database. The problem is, some of the icons on the database control panel are "Greyed Out" and do not function. I know I'm probably missing some key root files, but I can't seem to determine which ones. Also, if anyone has a better way of backing up and transferring Alpha databases, please let me know.

    Thanks much

    Jerry

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    RE: Transferring Database

    The greyed out items did not reside in your desktop folder. If you go back to the original machine and open the database, in the control panel click on the Table/Set tab, then in the toolbar, click the last icon on the right which will display the details of the Table/Set information including the full path to those files.

    If necessary, drag the control panel window to make it wider and the column heading for the path to make the listing wider.

    You'll have to recreate the directory structure on the new machine to match that on the old and copy the files to their proper locations, or (even better),

    1. copy the missing tables/sets (and their support files) to the folder you moved
    2. from the control panel on the new machine, drop the greyed tables/sets from the database (that's not the same as deleting the tables/sets!)
    3. from the control panel, add the tables/sets back to your database (except now they should reside in the same folder as all the others and everything will move in the future if you simply copy that one folder.)

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      RE: Transferring Database

      Jerry,

      To supplement what Paul wrote, in the future keep your physical copy of the tables (the DBF files) in the same folder as the physical copy of your database files (the same folder where the ADB file for your database lives). Then all you have to do to move it is copy the entire folder to a new location.

      -- tom

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